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3 doctors will examine murder suspect Pittman

Three doctors have been appointed to evaluate the mental state of Hobert Alan (Albert) Pittman, who is accused of shooting and killing his father and step-grandmother and shooting and critically wounding his stepmother last year in June at their secluded home outside Mauckport.
Depending on the outcome of the evaluations, 24-year-old Pittman could enter an insanity defense, said Harrison County Prosecutor Dennis Byrd.
Corydon attorney Amie Newlon, Pittman’s attorney, said the defense has filed a notice of insanity on behalf of her client.
A second man allegedly involved in the shootings, John Michael Naylor, 21, Frankton, has entered a not-guilty plea and is expected to go to trial in May in Harrison Superior Court.
His attorney, Stanley E. Robison Jr. of New Albany, has notified the court that he will use ‘mental disease or defect’ as a defense. The evaluations of two psychiatrists or psychologists regarding Naylor’s mental state have been filed in the case, but those reports are confidential.
Negotiations to resolve that case with a plea bargain before trial are continuing, Byrd said.
Pittman’s trial is set for June 16, and the defense has begun taking the sworn testimony of police detectives and evidence technicians in preparation for trial in both cases, Byrd said.
Newlon is assisted in defending Pittman by New Albany attorney Shane Gibson.
Negotiations are continuing for a possible plea bargain in the case, Newlon said.
Byrd said he has not decided if he will seek the death penalty in either case.
In that regard, the prosecutor said he will seek advice from the Capital Litigation Committee ‘ made up of attorneys experienced in death penalty cases ‘ of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Association when it meets on March 18 in Indianapolis. ‘They have done capital cases before, and they can give you the pros and cons, the strengths and weaknesses of the case, and then you make the decision,’ Byrd said.
Both cases are set for another preliminary hearing on Wednesday, March 16, at 8 a.m., in Harrison Superior Court.
Pittman and Naylor are charged in the shootings at Mauckport, which allegedly occurred after Pittman’s father returned home unexpectedly and confronted his son, who no longer lived at the residence but was inside the house.
Naylor and the younger Pittman are accused of killing his step-grandmother, Myrtle L. Satterfield, 80, who was in a wheelchair in the back of a van driven by her daughter, Linda K. Pittman, who arrived at the Mauckport home after her husband, unbeknownst to her, had been fatally shot.
Despite several gunshot wounds, Linda Pitman drove her van about a mile into town for help after the two men had left the premises in her Ford Explorer. That vehicle had been parked at the residence. The body of her dead husband, Hobert Pittman, 59, was found on the ground outside the residence.
The Ford was later found at the Matthew E. Welsh Bridge viaduct on the Ohio River with the keys in the ignition. Police found numerous guns and rifles in the car, plus ammunition. The men were thought to have left the scene in the red Plymouth Horizon that Naylor had borrowed from his father the day before to go job hunting.
They were arrested in Florida and returned to Harrison County.